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Wayfinding at night: a review of research and best practice

November 8th, 2017 · No Comments · Cities, Data, Public space, Sydney, Transport

By Aida Afrooz, City Futures Research Centre. Finding your way through a city, especially at night, can be daunting. Across the world many governments have sought to facilitate ‘wayfinding’, by making cities more legible and pedestrian friendly. To inform its understanding of wayfinding, the City of Sydney recently engaged a team of researchers from City […]

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Harnessing Big Data in Challenging Urban Contexts

August 9th, 2017 · No Comments · Cities, Data, Guest appearance, Law, Migration, Sustainability, Transport

Harnessing big data in an urban context is the “grand challenge.” Image: AIG By Laura Bruce, Built Environment, UNSW Sydney. On July 21st 2017 academics and public sector representatives met to discuss the challenge of harnessing big data in the urban context in order to address the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The event was hosted […]

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Flying into uncertainty: Western Sydney’s ‘aerotropolis’ poses more questions than answers

March 23rd, 2017 · No Comments · Cities, Government, Guest appearance, Planning, Sydney, Transport

The uncertainties about the new Badgerys Creek airport in Western Sydney are raising many questions that only good governance can resolve. from www.shutterstock.com By Robert Freestone, UNSW While Melburnians sombrely reflect on the risks of intensive commercial development near airport runways, Sydneysiders are enthusiastically scoping the development spin-offs that will come with their new airport in […]

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Value Capture: options for funding infrastructure

October 6th, 2016 · 2 Comments · Cities, Construction, Guest appearance, Tax, Transport, urban renewal

By Dr Nigel Stapledon and Prof Kevin Fox, Centre for Applied Economic Research, University of NSW. This article draws on the authors’ report, Value Capture Is Not a Magic Pudding: options for funding infrastructure, prepared for the Urban Taskforce. With major new transport infrastructure being built in our major cities, the idea of value capture has been in the […]

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All aboard for the Bankstown corridor – or just the lucky few?

September 21st, 2016 · 1 Comment · Affordability, Affordable housing, Cities, Construction, Demographics, Government, Housing supply, Planning, Public space, Transport, urban renewal

By Professor Bill Randolph, Director, City Futures Research Centre. This is an extended version of an article published by The Conversation. It would be easy to assume that the new Sydney Metro Rail project will create something of an urban paradise along the new Sydenham to Bankstown Urban Renewal Corridor through which it will run. […]

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The 30 Minute City (part 2): challenges and opportunities in Western Sydney

August 29th, 2016 · 1 Comment · Cities, Government, Guest appearance, Housing, Planning, Social housing, Transport, Wellbeing

By Kerry Robinson, General Manager, Blacktown City Council. This is the second of a two-part series adapted from presentations to the Planning Institute of Australia mid-winter breakfast on the 30 minute city; see part 1 by Professor Susan Thompson, City Futures Research Centre. Blacktown City is 20-22 km across and home to 348,000 people, 111,000 jobs […]

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The 30 Minute City (part 1): opportunities and challenges

August 22nd, 2016 · No Comments · Cities, Planning, Transport, Wellbeing

By Susan Thompson, City Wellbeing Program, City Futures Research Centre. At a recent mid-winter Planning Institute of Australia breakfast Kerry Robinson, General Manager Blacktown City Council, and I considered the ‘30 minute city’ following the launch of then Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s ‘Smart Cities Plan’ at the National Cities Summit. The 30 minute city is […]

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The working holiday survives hard times

May 16th, 2016 · No Comments · Demographics, Migration, Transport

By Alison Taylor, Demographer and Research Analyst, City Futures Research Centre ‘The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page’ – St Augustine As our winter and the northern hemisphere summer holidays approach, Australians’ love of travel comes to the fore – I’m packing my bag right now! For […]

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The Political Economy of the Compact City: the Story from Perth

April 27th, 2016 · No Comments · Cities, Government, Housing supply, Planning, Planning reform, Transport

After enjoying great economic prosperity during the mining boom, Perth now finds itself grappling with the challenges of pursuing a compact city agenda in a more financially precarious era.  The effects of this new era are already emerging; for example, while the high-profile Elizabeth Quay waterfront redevelopment opened recently, some of its associated private development […]

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High housing costs create worries for city tourism and hospitality

April 7th, 2016 · No Comments · Affordability, Planning, Transport

By Ryan van den Nouwelant and Laura Crommelin Watch any tourism or branding campaign for an Australian city, and chances are you’ll see plenty of appealing imagery of amenities in and around the CBD – be it restaurants, nightclubs, parks or galleries. It is a common mantra in urban planning that good “amenity” is valuable […]

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